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Comments of the Western Interstate Energy Board’s High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee on the Department of Energy Office of General Counsel’s Notice of Inquiry concerning the preparation of a report to Congress on the Price-Anderson Act.

The High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee of the Western Interstate Energy Board is pleased to provide the Department of Energy with the following recommendations regarding potential revisions to the Price-Anderson Act (the Act). The Committee believes that the Price-Anderson Act must be continued and that the Act must also continue to cover all DOE spent fuel and high-level radioactive waste activities. The Committee believes that Price-Anderson coverage will become more and more critical with the significant increase in potential radioactive waste
shipment numbers which can be anticipated in both the near and long term. This increase in shipments is likely to stem from a variety of sources, including the decommissioning and decontamination of nuclear reactors, DOE and Department of Defense environmental restoration
activities, shipments to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, and shipments of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.